CNN Gulf Bureau Correspondent
The trailers are not supposed to be there.. In fact, the last of them are supposed to go away by the end of May. And many people are making the transition from trailers back into homes. But some people say they still need these trailers, and are fighting to keep them.
"It's scary because I could become homeless," says Patsy Robin, who lives in a trailer with her daughter Carly.
Carly has spent her teenage years living in that trailer. Can you imagine the teenage girls you know being asked to live in 200 cramped square feet with their mom. Teens want privacy, some space. Carly hasn't gotten any:
"Some dances, homecoming dances, i have gotten ready in a trailer. It was not fun," Carly tells me. "I dont really invite friends over because it is so small."
Carly flew in a Blackhawk helicopter before she ever flew on an airplane. The military evacuated her and her mom, five days after the levees gave way. That trip made a big impression on Carly. She wants to join the Air Force.
Why haven't they been able to find a new home over four years? Many people think that should be plenty of time. But here's the problem:
Patsy Robin says contractors took her 45-thousand dollars and left town. I have no trouble believing that. It is amazing how many people in New Orleans were ripped off months after fighting the government and insurance companies for money. And government red tape has made it impossible, she says, to get a new home.
The only reason the Robins have a prayer of moving back into a house is that they reached out to the St. Bernard Project. The non-profit has helped rebuild more than 215 homes. Project co-founder Zack Rosenburg says “No one wants to live in a FEMA trailer.”
Filed under: 360° Radar
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